he dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Raiders are no longer mired in mediocrity thanks to quarterback Derek Carr, who has newfound security in both a shiny $125 million contract and in unretired running back Marshawn Lynch with him in the backfield.

Olson and Chapman are cornerstones of the A’s future and they’ve produced as rookies this season, so they aren’t moving anywhere, which is why 25-year-old slugger Ryon Healy has been bumped to the DH role (along with his defensive struggles).

Ward, 30, has a history with Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek, who was with the Browns’ front office when Cleveland drafted Ward in 2010; Spytek also worked as a scout for the Broncos from 2013 to 2015 before joining the Bucs.

In 14 games last season, Ward registered 87 combined tackles (69 solo), eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a sack. In the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers, Ward had an interception and a fumble recovery.

In training camp this year, he dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason. The Broncos had also drafted two safeties in Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys 2016 — Justin Simmons, who did not miss a single tackle last season, according Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale to Pro Football Focus, and Will Parks.

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon judges fashion, contemplates his calves

Los Angeles. The city of friends. Christopher Columbus called it that because everyone just gets it. Look no further than the infamous L.A. traffic — folks just can’t get enough of each other!

Coates still has some potential at age 24, and he offers value as a deep threat, averaging 20.7 yards per catch last season. But injuries have been a major problem for Coates, who was bothered by the hand injury in 2016 and underwent a knee scope this year, forcing him to start training camp on the PUP list.

The Browns have been building for the future, but can use more options at wide receiver. Josh Gordon’s future has been up in the air for a long time and the team is still developing second-year receiver Corey Coleman. After that it’s players like Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis battling for reps.

Coates can join that battle and try to become the player the Steelers thought he’d be when the team drafted him in the third round in 2015.

Even still, Matt Schaub had started the first three preseason games and appeared to be in line to be the team’s starter come the regular season. So, Carr had no reason to think his performance against reserves in the final preseason game would change that. Three days later, he got a call that would change his fate. Just not in the way he thought.

“OK, so I went to church on Sunday morning and I checked my phone when I got out and coach [Greg] Olson had texted me,” said Carr. “He said, ‘Hey, Coach [Dennis] Allen wants to see you.’ Some quarterbacks had gotten hurt in the preseason so I thought, ‘Oh man, they traded me.’ I promise when I drove here I thought I was traded, I really thought that. I thought, ‘I played well, somebody wanted me,’ and then Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys I showed up, he told me that day that I was going to be the starter, asked me if Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys I was ready and I said, ‘Yeah I’m ready.’

It stands to reason that this may be the best Orchard has ever been physically.

To his credit, however, Orchard looked like a f’n beast in the first preseason game this year against the Saints.

Of course it goes without saying that you have to take most performances, good and bad, with a grain of salt because of how teams rotate during the preseason. Still, there is no denying that Orchard looked even better in his movements than he had his first two seasons.

It stands to reason that this may be the best Orchard has ever been physically. He could lift and build up his upper body strength for almost a full year without going through the wear and tear of an NFL season. Having had several high ankle sprains in my career I wouldn’t imagine it took that long for his ankle to get back to 100 percent. He could have been doing leg day in the weight room and running well before last season ended.

When Kaepernick protested last August, a debate began about whether protests like his and those that followed could affect the NFL’s bottom line and whether he should be disciplined by the league. At the time the country was split: 43 percent polled by Rasmussen called for a form of punishment for the dissenters, and 45 percent disagreed.

Even months later, a poll showed that a majority of Americans disagreed with the anthem protests. Outlets believed ratings were suffering. But a poll from J.D. Power this summer showed that viewership was never down because of anthem protests.

In the poll released this week, just 29 percent of Americans hold a “somewhat favorable” view of Kaepernick. Ten Cheap Paintball Jerseys percent have a “very favorable” outlook. Yet, 46 percent of those polled still view Kaepernick unfavorably and 28 percent have a “very unfavorable” view. Twenty-five percent of people polled are Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys undecided.

The 12 best jokes about the Seahawks’ weird new logo

Birds always look freaky when you look at them front-on. Ever seen a penguin open its mouth? It’s kind of like that. Naturally, people had way too much fun with it.

J.J. Watt began raising money to help the people of Houston, and he said that it was difficult for Texans players to be away from Houston and see the devastation at home.

“I’m gonna go a little further than that, E.D,” Owens said when Dickerson called it a joke the receiver isn’t in the Hall of Fame. “Me not being on the field right now is a joke. I don’t care what people say — even though I’m 43 — trust me I’m not your average 43-year-old.

“I can play; there’s no question about it. When you get into your 30s, people feel like you’re in a decline … Even when I was 35, 36, 37, they said I was too old, but I was still balling out against 20-year-olds. I can go out right now and give you a 4.4 [40-yard dash] right now at 43.”

His numbers show he has a point.

Owens played the first eight years of his career with the 49ers and then spent his final seven seasons with the Cowboys, Eagles, Bengals and Bills. His last stop was in Cincinnati where he posted 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine touchdowns at age 37 during the 2010 season.

If the offensive line is healthier and gives Carson Palmer more time to throw, the passing attack could look more like the juggernaut of 2015 than the inconsistent offense of 2016. No team in the league has a wider range of plausible Cheap Moto X Jerseys outcomes this season than the Cardinals, which doesn’t bode well for their average performance Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys but fits perfectly in a best-case scenario outlook like this one.

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout will end soon, but he’s finishing it with rap battles on Twitter

Le’Veon Bell is going to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers soon, and he’s not going to get the blockbuster contract he’s angling for. He can’t negotiate again until the 2018 offseason.

Bell has hinted on Twitter that Friday will be the day he returns to the team — one day after the team finishes up its preseason slate with a game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

But as long as Bell is on the outside looking in, he’s making sure everyone knows exactly what he believes he’s worth.

In a rap posted on Twitter, Bell responded to several of his teammates — including Antonio Brown and Bud Dupree — who have taken subtle jabs at the running back for his holdout:

Two things: 1. If offensive tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart are as bad as they were last year; and 2. If Manning gets hurt. The Giants are not winning big games with Josh Johnson, Geno Smith, or rookie Davis Webb at quarterback in 2017.

That’s gotta be a toss-up on the hatred scale between the Eagles and Cowboys. The only reason I’d give the “edge” to the Cowboys and their entitled fan base is that the Cowboys have actually won a few things.

Marvin Lewis’ team didn’t slip quite as much as it seemed last season — the 6-9-1 Bengals produced a Pythagorean expectation of 8.3 wins. The Bengals also really had only star pass-catchers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert together in the lineup for three games, and while Eifert Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys remains a perennial injury risk, Andy Dalton should have his two top targets available far more Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys frequently in 2017.

J.J. Watt raising money for Hurricane Harvey recovery

J.J. Watt isn’t physically in Houston right now, but his heart is. He’s raising money to help the region recover from the devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused.

This isn’t the first time Cravens has considered retirement, and he discussed his plans with his teammates via a group message on Saturday. Though Cravens has decided against retirement for now, Cravens will miss about a month of time while on the non-football injury list.

A transition to inside linebacker and a concussion and a biceps injury had a negative impact on Cravens’ performance during his rookie season, and that’s when the retirement talk began. His teammates weighed in on the situation after practice.

“This game tests your wits in every form and every facet of your body and mental everything,” Josh Norman said via Jones. “Because if you’re not ready to come back and then play and give it your all and your heart isn’t in it, then you’re seriously gonna go out there and get hurt. I mean like, seriously.

“It feels amazing to sign this contract and officially be a Los Angeles Ram for life,” Dickerson said Monday. “My passion for this organization during my playing days and for the players wearing Rams jerseys now, is undeniable. This is where my career started and this is where my heart Cheap Jerseys United States is, so closing this chapter with the Rams back in Los Angeles feels right. I would like to Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site thank Stan Kroenke and the Rams for this opportunity and all of the fans for their outpouring support over the years.”

LeSean McCoy is the latest person to have a bad take about Colin Kaepernick

More than 1,000 people gathered in front of the NFL’s offices Wednesday in New York to support Colin Kaepernick. The next day, LeSean McCoy said he doesn’t think Cheap Jerseys Outlets Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem last season is the reason Kaepernick is unemployed. He just doesn’t think Kaepernick is a very good player.

Black Americans hold a more favorable view of Kaepernick going into the season: 43 percent found him favorable compared to 29 percent of white people and 20 percent of “other minorities.” Black people who were polled were also twice as likely as any other group to boycott the NFL and stop watching football.

Kaepernick’s fight for black lives has made a significant impact on his supporters and the national dialogue on racial equality. His film shows there’s still not a clear football reason he’s unemployed. And every week rallies are appearing nationwide, showing the NFL that this issue isn’t going away.

Though Kaepernick remains unsigned, his fight continues. And however people see Kaepernick, or how it affects ratings (or not), protest in football doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

It’s reasonable to suggest the Bengals could be better across the board. Will that matter if they make the postseason, given that Lewis is a remarkable 0-7 in playoff games during his time in charge? As tempting as it is to assume that the Bengals are automatically doomed come January, I’d be Cheap Jerseys Shop skeptical.

Cam Newton’s finally playing, and he hit Kelvin Benjamin for a TD on his first series

Cam Newton hasn’t played a minute of preseason football this year until tonight. He didn’t look rusty on his first series, which he capped off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

Carolina got the run game going early, and Jonathan Stewart had 39 rushing yards on that series. His effort helped set up Newton’s pass to Benjamin.

What happens next? Haden didn’t stay unemployed for long. The Steelers, one of the Browns’ AFC North rivals, were ready to pounce as soon as Haden became available.

Other teams were interested, but Haden took less money because he wanted to join the Steelers, per Schefter.

Reactions: Haden posted a statement on Instagram and had nothing but good things to say about his former team and Browns fans:

Browns fans returned the sentiment. Dawgs By Nature rounded up reactions from fans saying goodbye to Haden, who had been the second-longest-tenured player on the team.

The Jets are poised to struggle in 2017 after moving on from veterans Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, David Harris and Eric Decker. Their quarterback situation leaves Cheap Jerseys NFL much to be desired, with Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg battling it out for the starting spot.

Ealy isn’t likely to make a huge difference for the win total Cheap Jerseys Made In USA of the Jets this season, but perhaps he can bring a spark to a team that needs all the help it can get.

That’s why Antetokounmpo is already so appealing to Adidas.

Wiggins has to do something similar while he’s playing with Towns, but he doesn’t have the same national appeal as Irving. He lacks the personality and social presence Irving does, and without those qualities, his potential signature shoe runs the risk of being suppressed by Towns’ presence. Is that a chance Adidas wants to take?

That’s why Antetokounmpo is already so appealing to Adidas. He’s an All-Star starter, the face of his franchise, a bubbly personality, and one of the best players in the league while being the same age as Wiggins. Adidas is right to covet Antetokounmpo over the guy it already had in the fold.

Adidas hasn’t shown a hesitancy to break with athletes it already has, either. The company cut ties with John Wall after it had to overpay to pry James Harden from Nike. Wall already had two signature shoes with Adidas, but the brand didn’t blink when he walked away from a $7 million deal per year. It even put Wiggins’ logo on the Crazy Explosive, which was rumored to be the design for John Wall’s next signature shoe.

Wiggins might believe he deserves a signature shoe, but his play on the court along with team success will dictate that. As of now, it seems Adidas is leaning toward skipping the signature shoe path with him. With Antetokounmpo on the rise, it should remain that way.

One thing is certain when it comes to Rich Paul’s top clients: He’s not scared to play the waiting game. Noel has already held out much of the summer, and NBA training camp is around the corner.

Both Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith held out well into October before inking their respective deals. And if the Mavericks aren’t willing to give Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys their young center the money he feels he deserves, Dallas could be entering training Super Cheap Jerseys camp with either Salah Mejri or Jeff Withey as their starter.

Simulate straight through the entire season and playoffs

Start a “My League” and take control of all 32 teams, making it so that Seattle and Virginia Beach would take these exact rosters after an expansion draft. The 2K expansion draft only lets you pick 13 players, so I tinkered to get both the Sonics and Knights to 15 bodies. Then I made their lineups and distributed minutes.
Turn off injuries. That’s not realistic, of course, but I figured it’d be the best way to avoid random weirdness in a one-year simulation. Lineups stayed the same all year.

Simulate straight through the entire season and playoffs, using the 2016-17 schedule. Next season’s isn’t loaded into the game yet, and everyone plays 82 games against similar opposition anyway.

I downloaded an up-to-date roster so teams could have their 2017 rookie classes. That’s not perfectly scientific (and nothing else here is, either), but the roster I used was one of the best-reviewed available on the PlayStation network.

The Cavs fully intend to keep James through the remainder of his career, but without a commitment from him, they have to be proactive in their quest to stay afloat.

In James’ last year, it’s important to maximize what could be his last year in Really Cheap Jerseys Cleveland.

If they compete now, he’ll have a difficult time leaving. If Quality Cheap Jerseys they don’t, it’s an easy decision for him to make. The Cavs have some tough decisions to make.

If the Lakers tampered, they simply put darker lines between the already connected dots. If the league finds that an L.A. official told Paul George that the Lakers want to sign him and another max free agent in 2018, and George then informed Indiana of his plans to leave, who cares? If not in 2017, the Lakers would have told George their plans on July 1, 2018. If George wants to leave now, he’ll want to leave then. One struggles to see how Indiana was actually harmed further in any of this.

That’s the problem with current NBA tampering rules: Tampering doesn’t actually matter. It provides no advantage for the tamperer or harm to the tampered team.